What Is Religion? / Edition 1

What Is Religion? / Edition 1

by Robert Crawford, R. Crawford, Crawford Robert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415226708

ISBN-13: 9780415226707

Pub. Date: 01/11/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

We all know what religion is - or do we? Confronted with religious pluralism and cultural diversity, it manifests itself in many forms. What is Religion? serves not only as an introduction to the different belief systems flourishing throughout the modern world, but asks us to consider how the very boundaries of faith might be drawn now and in the future. How

Overview

We all know what religion is - or do we? Confronted with religious pluralism and cultural diversity, it manifests itself in many forms. What is Religion? serves not only as an introduction to the different belief systems flourishing throughout the modern world, but asks us to consider how the very boundaries of faith might be drawn now and in the future. How might religion interact with political ends, or permeate culture, society and everyday life? Is the post-secular world in thrall to 'religions' of its own kind - materialism, humanism, medicine, science? And what logic separates 'common-sense' or academic knowledge from the immutable but unstable boudaries of faith? Which is the more certain? What does it mean to believe?
Combining clear accounts of contemporary global religious practice with an incisive philosophical interrogation of the dynamics and aims of belief, What is Religion? offers a fresh and wide-ranging introduction to the perennial human questions of ritual, faith, ethics and salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415226707
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/11/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Chapter 1: Can religion be defined
Chapter 2: How is religion studied?
Chapter 3: Rituals
Chapter 4: Scriptures
Chapter 5: Behavior
Chapter 6: Women
Chapter 7: Liberation
Chapter 8: Divisions within religions
Chapter 9: Why can religions not unite?
Chapter10: Confessing a Murder
Chapter 11: Is the world designed?
Chapter 12: What are we?
Chapter 13: Mind and Brain
Chapter 14: Other Belief systems
Chapter 15: The existence of God
Chapter 16: A definition of religion
Chapter 17: Future of religion

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